By Ivan Mwine
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General (SG) Justine Kasule Lumumba has said that former speaker of parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga deserves severe punishment for defying the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC).
Kadaga on Monday defied the NRM CEC by contesting against Omolo County Member of Parliament Gilbert Oulanyah for the position of Speaker, yet the CEC had endorsed Oulanyahto contest for the same position.
Although Oulanyah later emerged victorious after he received over 400 votes, Kadaga, who scored 197 votes, has since landed in hot soup, with many NRM stalwarts calling upon her to apologise to the Party, something she doesn’t seem likely to do soon.
While addressing a press conference at the NRM Secretariat in Kampala today, Lumumba said that Kadaga’s actions attract severe punishment from the party leaders and that she could even be expelled from the Party if she doesn’t apologise.
“Kadaga will either face caution, suspension or expulsion from the NRM depending on whether there will be a formal complaint made to the party disciplinary committee over her conduct,” Lumumba told the press.
It should be noted that the outgoing NRM Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, who was part of the presser with Lumumba, also came out last week and called upon Kadaga to apologise or else face disciplinary action for her defiance.
According to Nankabirwa, Kadaga must apologize because she exhibited the highest level of indiscipline by contesting against Oulanyah as an independent candidate well knowing that the CEC had endorse him as party candidate.
She added that KAdaga should be grateful to NRM because when Capt. Mike Mukula trounced her for the position of National Vice Chairperson-Eastern, the party created for her a new position, National Female Vice Chairperson, which she currently occupies.
However, despite all these sentiments coming up from some NRM stalwarts Kadaga is yet to come out to give her official position about the matter.
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